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Sutton. Hardcover. 274 pages. 1998.
Covering all the main campaigns and historical events, this concise narrative relates the history of the RAF from its formation on April 1, 1918, through the testing years of the interwar period, the desperate struggle of WWII, and the precarious peace of the nuclear age, and concludes with today's high-tech RAF ready to take on the millennium. From the 'stick and string' biplanes of 1918 to the complex supersonic jets of the late 1990s, the stirring history of the RAF is brought vibrantly to life through a selection of more than 450 photographs and paintings, many of which are reproduced here for the first time.

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This year witnesses the RAF's eightieth anniversary. To mark this auspicious occasion, the acclaimed aviation author Roy Confers Nesbitt has written and compiled a highly illustrated popular history of the junior' Service. Covering all of the main campaigns and historic milestones, the concise narrative relates the history of the RAF from its formation on 1 April 1918 through the wartime years and into the precarious peace of the nuclear age, concluding with today's hi-tech RAF poised on the edge of the millennium. The author has drawn together an unrivaled collection of over 400 photographs and paintings that bring vividly to life the momentous history of the RAF, from the biplanes of 1918 up to the supersonic jets of 1998. Many are published here for the first time.

 

About the Author
Roy Nesbit is a well known and respected aviation author with more than fifteen books to his credit. He served as a navigator on Beauforts and Dakotas during the Second World War and is a member of the RAF Historical Society.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD
1. HARD-WON VICTORY
2. POLITICAL FOOTBALL
3. BATTLES LOST AND WON
4. OVER TO THE OFFENSIVE
5. HOSTILE WATERS
6. ENEMY TERRITORY
7. UNDERBELLY OF THE AXIS
8. THE GREAT INVASION
9. A DISTANT WAR
10. THE IRON CURTAIN
11. WITHDRAWAL FROM EMPIRE
12. BACK ON OPERATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS & BIBLIOGRAPHY
AIRCRAFT INDEX

 

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